FEATURE: Metrics to quantify ‘success’ in UK policing have changed considerably over the past three decades, with an early focus on the volume of crime recorded and detected replaced with targeting those crimes causing the most harm; in this latest article in Policing Insight’s Police Student series, Academic Editor Dr Carina O’Reilly explores the various performance measurement approaches, and why public confidence should be equally crucial in shaping policing priorities.
The Police Student
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This series, supporting degree entry recruits to the police service, aims to provide a framework for students as well as highlighting the deep resources of Policing Insight information. Policing Insight is publishing regular in-depth articles, written by Policing Insight’s Academic Editor, Dr. Carina O’Reilly, aimed at promoting new degree recruits’ learning and understanding of policing and how it impacts on the day-to-day delivery of policing.
In addition, we want to direct students to Policing Insight’s wealth of articles and links to content that can aid their studies. including our Weekly Academic Research Summary articles plus the invaluable Media Monitor service providing a searchable database of over 42,000 links to news, opinion, analysis and reports from local, national and specialist press as well as from key police and criminal justice organisations.
Media Monitor – A daily brief and valuable research tool
Our team researches search daily for relevant police and criminal justice content links to news, opinion, analysis and reports from third party sources including local, national and specialist press as well from key police and criminal justice organisations. The researchers tag each post in detail creating a searchable database of over 42,000 links. Use the search filters to return results by keyword/phrase, date, content type, subject, police force and media source and export the results to a PDF report with live links. It’s also a great way to search for Policing Insight content which is also featured.
Weekly Academic Research Summary
This weekly summary curates the key policing-related research that’s been published online each week, with links to the original journal articles, and selected abstracts – plus a short guide outlining how serving police officers and staff can get access, free, to many of the articles listed through the National Police Library. You do not need to be a member of the College to access its library. Click here to view over 250 summary articles
The Police Student Content Schedule
The first tranche of articles published in 2020 focused on elements of Evidence-Based Policing – from the meaning of the term, and its development over the last decades, to why the College of Policing has embedded the use of research evidence into the PEQF curriculum.
Topics ranged from the research available on policing hotspots, and situational crime prevention, to the emerging evidence around body-worn video and other cutting edge technology.
We also looked at the difficulties involved in assessing research evidence in policing work – and why it’s so hard to embed the use of evidence in police organisations. All of these speak directly to elements of the College of Policing’s Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) curriculum, and will help students – and the officers supervising them – understand these key topics and develop their assignments.
The content for 2021 and beyond will focus on the following areas:
1. Key Issues in Contemporary Policing
- The purposes of policing
- Models of police and policing
- British policing in historical and social context
- Who guards the guards?
- Cultures and identities in policing
- Policing a diverse society
- Police priorities: the rise of risk and harm
- Police use of force
- Plural policing
- The police in popular culture
- Police welfare and mental health
2. Criminology for police officers
3. Understanding the criminal justice system
4. Researching policing – theories and methods
5. Community and neighbourhood policing
6. Police ethics and standards
7. Policing vulnerability
8. Policing and cyber-crime
9. More specialist items on the curriculum:
- Information and intelligence
- Roads Policing
- Response policing
Students can supplement the core articles with relevant articles and reports from Policing Insight’s large archive which features over 700 contributors from policing and criminal justice including from police, government, academia, third sector and industry in the UK and around the world. Please use the search box at the top of the page.
Students may also find the Weekly Academic Research article series useful for sign posting the latest police and criminal justice research published.
For a wider and deeper knowledge base, students should use the Media Monitor service which has over 42,000 links to articles and reports from Policing Insight and 3rd party sources. This huge resource can be searched using filters by keyword, date range, content type, subject, police force and media source.
Our researchers have searched the web you don’t have to eg a search on Media Monitor using the tag ‘body worn video’ return several hundred articles and reports that are very relevant whereas the same Google search will require sifting through thousands of irrelevant results to find useful content.
Create your own reports/briefs by exporting the search results to PDF report with live URL links.
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Series Author of The Police Student
Dr Carina O’Reilly is Policing Insight’s Academic Editor. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln. Her research interests include neighbourhood policing, confidence and legitimacy. Prior to joining Lincoln, Carina worked at IHS Jane’s for seven years as a writer, editor and senior analyst on European security and organised crime; and subsequently led and taught a range of Policing degrees at Anglia Ruskin University. Carina has a Masters degree from Cambridge University in Social and Political Sciences and holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is also a Labour councillor in Cambridge, and a former Deputy Leader of Cambridge City Council